LATEST NEWS APRIL/MAY 2018
FAMILY TRIPS TO THE SEASIDE
Just to let you know that both of our family trips to Skegness and Llandudno are now virtually fully booked but you can put your name down on a reserve list with a chance of a place if someone withdraws.
On Saturday 14th April villager James Hodges celebrated his 30th Birthday along with family and friends including his partner Sam and children Imogen and Harvey. Sorry I didn’t manage to get any photographs.
On Saturday 28th April villager Barry Dunn celebrated his 70th Birthday with his wife Audrey, family and friends. Many of his friends harp back to the 1970’s when they all went motorcycle racing. There was even a surprise visit from Audrey’s sister Sandra who popped over from Ireland especially for the party. Barry is a picture framer by trade and Audrey arranged a special birthday cake to recount a hazardous trip recently in France that nearly put paid to his hopes of reaching his birthday. Apparently they were on a campavan holiday in France when SATNAV led them on a route up a mountain pass. It was pitch black with a narrow single lane road with steep drops over the side. When Barry finally got to the top he exclaimed “Well that was pretty dangerous”. They had missed the signs advising them that the route was dangerous and treacherous and SATNAV didn’t tell them!! Anyway they survived the ordeal and the Birthday cake reminded them of this adventure. The cake even had an amazing candle that projected a flame very reminiscent of a volcano erupting.
Snap Dragon Children and Family Summer Scheme
I am pleased to let you know that, following our successful and much appreciated summer activities scheme last year, we have been successful in obtaining a grant from the Borough Council to once again provide a similar event this summer. The Snap Dragon Summer Play Days will take place on Thursday 26th July and 2nd, 9th and 16th August all from 9am to 11.30am. The sessions will be run by parents from our Parents and Toddlers group but once again children of all ages up to 12 years old are most welcome. So, whilst the toddlers are playing and parents are socializing the older siblings can enjoy football and indoor sports sessions provided by Matt Elliott Sports Development. Once again we intend to conclude with an end of summer party and awards presentation. It will only cost £1 per person per session and will be a great opportunity for families to have fun together.
Mayflower Club’s Update
The past weeks have been very busy at the Mayflower Club with many exciting and informative sessions.
We have had a very amusing talk by local author David Bell on the subject of “Down the Garden Path – Tales of the Privy”. This brought back many memories and stories of how we or our grand parents managed with the old outdoor toilet often shared with others.
To celebrate St Patrick’s Day we held our very own “Irish Grand National” with raucous cheering and laughter as horses romped home across the winning line (or not).
To celebrate St Georges Day we held a special St George’s Day Pub quiz followed a pub feast of faggots, sausages, new potatoes and of course mushy peas.
On the 11th April Ian Retson from the Woodland Trust came along to give a very interesting talk on the work of the Woodland Trust. Considering that we are very close to the National Forest and have many Woodland Trust sites in our locality it was nice to learn about their history, how they are maintained and their use by the public.
On the 25th April following my return from a fantastic holiday in South Africa I was persuaded to give a talk about our adventures. Apart from meeting up with family it amazing to have a trip around the Western Cape including a trip up Table Mountain, a visit to see the penguins at Boulders Bay and the seals on Seal Island. But perhaps the highlight was our stay at the Aquila Safari Reservation where we saw up close the BIG 5 African wild animals including Elephants, Rhino’s, Hippos, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Ostrich and many others. The highlight was the reservation’s pride of lions.
We have got more exciting and informative events in the planning for you including a talk Scam Buddies and Arthritis but our main event in May will be our Royal Wedding celebration banquet on the 16th May. On this day our very own Queen of Markfield and Prince of Thornton will be gracing our presence along with other members of the “royal family”.
The Mayflower Club meets on Wednesday afternoons and our Mayflower Friendship Club on Monday afternoons. Both are from 2pm to 4pm and only cost £1.50p per session and that includes a “cuppa” and biscuits. Come along, you will be most welcome
REMINDER CRAZY BADMINTON SPECIAL OFFER
Just a reminder that if you fancy a game of badminton or perhaps bring your kids along and have a game in the school holidays or at other times we have some slots free from Mondays to Fridays where, for just £7 per hour, you can hire our badminton court. We can provide the nets and a fully marked court and we do have a limited supply of rackets and shuttle cocks if you do not have your own. The offer is subject to availability but contact the Centre if you are interested.
ME SPORTS HOLIDAY SOCCER SCHOOLS
ME Sports will be holding soccer schools during holiday periods as follows:
29th May to 1st June
AND throughout August
NATIONAL BLOOD SERVICE
The next opportunity to donate blood via the National Blood Service will be on Wednesday so come along and “Do something amazing” by donating your much needed blood.
Money Saving Special Offer
Don’t forget that if you are planning a special family event, party or function with a bar we only charge a modest hire fee of £10 per room. This hire fee is very competitive to other venues in the area and will save you money.
For bookings and enquiries please contact Markfield Centre and Sports ,Mayflower Close, Markfield LE67 9ST on 01530 242240 or email email@example.com or you can visit our website www.markfield communitycentre.com to view our facilities, latest news, photo gallery and information about the Centre.
The Mayflower Club meets on Wednesday afternoons and our Mayflower Friendship Club on Monday afternoons. Both are from 2pm to 4pm and only cost £1.50p per session and that includes a “cuppa” and biscuits. Come along, you will be most welcome.